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Zoo News Digest
Now, men in khaki to check PDA at zoo
At a time when Ludhiana zoo and Tiger Safari are grasping for funds and don't have proper infrastructure to ensure safety of visitors, the zoo authorities are thinking of brining in police to keep a check on couples who indulge in public display of affection (PDA).
Ludhiana zoo has sent an application to Lodhuwal police station demanding cops to check PDA at zoo.
Sukhpal Singh, in-charge, Ludhiana zoo, said, "The zoo is a centre of attraction for children and families. On weekends and during festivals, visitors come with their families. Moreover, schoolchildren come here. Couples found in inappropriate positions make it embarrassing for others and even affect the number of visitors as well."
"So we wrote an application to Lodhuwal police station with a request to appoint cops or constable in Ludhiana zoo, on Thursday. Though our staff in civil dress keep patrolling zoo area, it does not make much of a difference. We are sure that the presence of men in khaki will certainly make the difference," added Sukhpal Singh.
Another staff member of Ludhiana zoo said, "Often students in school uniforms come in the morning and stay till their school timings are over here
Wild encounters: Zoo workers in India constantly exposed to injury or even death in their line of duty
The death of a 20-year-old man in Delhi Zoo on Tuesday after being mauled by a white tiger has turned the spotlight on the training and preparedness of zoo staff across the country in dealing with emergency situations.
While zoo officials insist they scrupulously follow the guidelines set by the Central Zoo Authority and that their staffs are always on alert, wildlife experts say there is a major difference in attitude towards zoo keeping in the West and in India.
“It is a very passionate profession in the West not because of money but because of the love for animals,” says Kartick Satyanarayan, co-founder of Wildlife SOS and member, Central Zoo Authority (CZA).
Trisha, Lavanya, Amyra lash out at Delhi zoo officials
The Delhi Zoo officials' decision to put down the white tiger, named Vijay, which killed a teenager few days ago, has not gone down well with animal rights activisits and few celebrities. Several actors and actresses have expressed their concern over the issue and urged people to sign a petition to stop this move by the zoo officials.
Speaking about the issue, Trisha Krishnan, who is a vocal supporter of animal rights, urged the President to intervene and save the tiger's life, saying, "Pranab Mukherjee: Please do not allow the sacrifice of the tiger of New Delhi Zoo (sic)." On a similar note, A
Is that the one which misbehaved, they ask; from her enclosure Rani wonders the same
Rani had nowhere to go. She was in her own home, but visitors outside were unruly and ill-behaved. She got as far away from the noise as she could and began pacing in one corner. But there was no escaping the nosy visitors. They catcalled and whistled and refused to let her rest. A stone was hurled her way by a particularly stubborn man, desperate to get her attention. She let out a warning, but it only got worse.
At 1.30 on a warm September afternoon, Rani decided that she would ignore the rowdies and went to her pool. She submerged herself and turned away from her tormentors. She sat still in the water even as a pebble fell next to her, splashing water on her. Her face was inscrutable. Perhaps, she was contemplating on the irony of it all. It was she who was trapped and they who were free. It was she who was wild and they who were supposed to be intelligent. She was the white tiger, they were the humans.
The noise from the other side of the fence was a usual occurrence. But last Tuesday, Rani had heard strange sounds. Sitting in her smaller enclosure away from the people, she had heard the thud — like that of a man falling over the wall onto their side. It had been 7-year-old Vijay’s turn to be in the larger enclosure that day. She had heard him pad up to the man, curious. For ten minutes, he had been amiable, even thought of leaving the man, Maqsood, alone. After all, his keeper Shyam Lal was calling out to him. But then someone threw a stone and Rani heard the rattle as it hit the cemented wall of the moat. She heard a muffled shout as Vijay pounced and it wa
The Middle Flipper Is (Part 11)......
...the pickiest sea lion in all the land.
I can hear all of you collectively "awwwwing" at your computer or phone screen. Why? Because Patty had an adorable face. You know what else she had? Here's a little list:
* A lovely singing voice
* A beautiful blond coat
* Sass. Lots and lots of sass.
Patty was a 32 year old California sea lion who was rescued as a pup, like so many others*. Perhaps because she received excellent, doting care when she was such a young gal, she did precisely what she wanted, when she wanted. She underwent a mastectomy for breast cancer when she was 30, pulled through like a champion, and went on to tell Planet Earth that she ruled. Despite being mostly blind at her ancient age (30 years old for a California sea lion is the equivalent to a 90 year old human), her eyes were always bright and ready. She vocalized a lot in short, staccato-like pulses that resembled normal sea lion sounds but were orated with confidence. There was no, "BARK BARK BARK". There was, "Bark. Bark bark barkbark? Bark....bark! Bark bark bark bark?" Or, "Bark." Simple, elegant, definitive. God I wish I knew what she wanted to tell us.
I met Patty in 2013. She was one of the first sea lions I ever got to know well, which surprised some of the veteran trainers at
Guidelines for aquariums in India to preserve endangered marine species
Aiming to rein in unregulated aquariums across India, some of which are showcasing rare and endangered marine species, the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) is soon coming out with a policy for managing such aquariums across India.
According to official of CZA, which the nodal authority under the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to regulate and monitor zoos, there are over a dozen of government and private aquariums across the country and th
Young alala part of effort to bring Hawaii’s birds back from brink
An hour before the sun rises each day, the very raucous and loud calls of nine rare alala, or Hawaiian crows, can be heard by the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center staff. Inside their large open-air aviary, these juveniles seemed to engage in a vocal sparring of sorts in a manner that’s reminiscent of monkeys for research associate Amy Kuhar.
“There’s a big sound missing from the forest,” she said of the alala, which were once widespread on Hawaii Island and now survive only in captivity at this Volcano center and the Maui Bird Conservation Center in Olinda.
On a sunny Tuesday morning, Kuhar enters their stress-free environment to deliver enrichment, which this time is food and habitat items wrapped in ginger leaves. Perched on various branches, the young birds make their musical vocalizations while curiously watching their silent visitor’s every move as she throws and hides the packets. When she leaves, some of the birds begin to explore and manipulate the packets to get the reward hidden inside.
Such enrichment, Kuhar said, encourages these intelligent birds’ natural inquisitiveness, keeps them active, and provides opportunities to engage in species-appropriate behavior. Besides being stimulating, enrichment can help develop the stamina and adaptability for survival by giving them a taste, literally, of the forests where they might live someday soon.
These nine birds, born this last breeding season, helped the alala population soar to 114 — a significant increase for a species that numbered as few as 20 birds in 1994. Alala are extinct in the wild, and the last were recorded in 2002 in the forest, where they were threatened by habitat destruction, introduced predators and avian disease.
Alala are a main focus of San Diego Zoo Global’s Hawaii Endangered Bird Conservation Program, which operates the two propagation facilities with the goal of preventing extinction and promoting
Gaza lions en route to Jordan via Israel after zoo damaged in war
A trio of scrawny lions was brought into Israel from Gaza on Tuesday en route to a better life at a wildlife sanctuary in Jordan after their zoo was damaged in the recent Israel-Hamas war.
The three, a pair of males and a pregnant female, were sedated at Al-Bisan zoo in Beit Lahiya before the big cats were placed in metal cages and loaded onto a truck that transferred them through the Erez border crossing into Israel.
Amir Khalil of the Four Paws International welfare group said the zoo's animals were in urgent need of care after the 50-day war. He said the zoo was badly damaged and more than 80 animals died as a result of the fighting.
Al-Bisan is one of five makeshift zoos in Gaza that have spotty animal welfare records.
Most of the zoo animals in Gaza have been hauled into the isolated territory through smuggling tunnels linking the territory to Egypt. In one famous scene captured on film, Gazans used a crane to lift a camel over the border fence by one of its legs as the animal writhed in agony.
Israel and Egypt have imposed a blockade on G
Zoo under investigation for up-close animal experience
A zoo is under investigation for charging visitors to pat their rare white lion cubs after a 7News investigation raised concerns.
Tasmania's ZOODOO Wildlife Park near Hobart is one of dozens around the country that offer up-close encounters with exotic animals to the dismay of welfare groups.
Endangered Taipei frogs bred in captivity
Taiwan’s most endangered indigenous frog species has been bred successfully by Taipei Zoo Conservation and Research Center, with the offspring ready for return to the wild.
Center CEO Chang Ming-hsiung said surveys since 2000 show the Taipei grass frog, Rana taipehensis, only survives in four of its original 14 habitats, and with sharply reduced numbers in the remaining areas.
“Habitat loss and pesticides are to blame,” Chang said, adding that the frogs can now only be seen in Sanchih and Shihmen districts of New Taipei City, and Longtan and Yangmei townships of Taoyuan County.
New Taipei City Government and Taipei Zoo initiated a conservation program for the frogs last year in Sanchih and Shihmen, with habitat restoration a major focus.
In Sanchih, the major problem was water lilies, which although beautiful, crowded out other species and eliminated the biodiversity on which the frogs depended. Volunteers joined zoo staff in the onerous task of uprooting the plants. The situation was different in Shihmen, with farmers encouraged to switch to organic farming to create a pesticide-free environment.
Zoo staff also put in countless hours of lab work to create a breeding program. “We gathered data on such factors as temperature, shade and food requirements
'Tiger enclosure meets norms'
A week after a 20-year-old youth was mauled to death by a white tiger in Delhi zoo, a probe committee set up by the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) has submitted its report in the matter.
CZA member secretary, B S Bonal, on Monday evening confirmed that the two-member committee has submitted its report stating that the enclosure of the white tiger, Vijay, is in conformity with CZA guidelines.
The committee, comprising S C Sharma, founder member secretary, CZA and Himanshu Malhotra, a documentary filmmaker and member of National Zoological Park's advisory board, had been looking at various aspects of the zoo. Sources said the committee has recommended an overhaul in ed
Blackbrook Zoological Park near Leek to be relaunched as new zoo next year
ANIMAL lovers have been promised they will once again be able to enjoy their favourite creatures at a zoo – after the venue found new owners.
Administrators overseeing the sale of Blackbrook Zoological Park have confirmed the rural tourist spot has been snapped up and will open next year following "significant improvement work".
And animal fans and community leaders have welcomed plans for the site revealed by new owner T3115 Ltd.
Low visitor numbers and a number of financial problems caused the 30-acre zoo – which boasts birds,
Polar bears chew through silicone in Winnipeg zoo's underwater tunnel
The Assiniboine Park Zoo has temporarily closed its underwater polar bear viewing tunnel after the bears chewed into some of the silicone sealant around the tunnel's glass.
The zoo announced Friday that the tunnel, which is part of the Journey to Churchill exhibit, is closed for repairs for at least one to two weeks. However, officials have yet to determine the full extent of the damage.
Do Elephants Kill People? Elephant Caretaker Tragedy In Maine Sparks Barrier Debate
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums will require all zoos to use barriers between humans and elephants by 2017, following the killing of an elephant caretaker by one of the two elephants in his care. The decision came after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sent a team to investigate the man’s death. The death was ruled an accident, but it shed light on the dangers of close-quarter interactions between elephants and humans.
"There were simply too many accidents. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums board wanted to take steps to prevent this from happening again," spokesman Rob Vernon told the New York Times.
An estimated 500 people a year are killed by elephants, according to National Geographic. Most deaths are accidents and a result of elephants being squeezed into smaller spaces. The constriction of elephant habitats happens in zoos frequently; it also happens in the wild. As farmers expand their lands to make ends meet, the territory where elephants can safely roa
Experts warn about dwindling giraffe population
Giraffes are some of the most interesting animals in the wild. For years, people have been captivated by the animals. But experts say if changes aren't made soon, giraffes will be extinct.
Julian Fennessey is the executive director for the Giraffe Conservation Foundation. He traveled from Southwest Florida all the way from South Africa. His mission is to make people aware of the giraffe population problem, and hopefully find a way to help.
"Bottom line -- giraffes are in serious threat," said Fennessey. "They're such a charismatic species. People love them. But, we just really didn't know how much peril they're in."
According to Fennessey, studies show the giraffe population has dropped 40 percent in the last 15 years. It's a shocking reality for Naples Zoo giraffe keeper Charlotte Phillips.
"Seeing those numbers and just seeing how low it is -- it's just really saddening," said Phillips.
For the last five years, Fennessey and his team have worked to establish the history of the mysterious creatures and to find out what's killing them.
"The issue really is poaching and illegal hunting," said Fennessey.
Fennessey says giraffes have already become extinct in 10 countries in Africa.
"If we can't save the giraffe -- if we ca
Inserting Captive-Bred Tigers Into the Wild: Will it Work?
The South China tiger has not been seen in the wild since the 1960s. Although Chinese delegates at a global tiger conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh this week are reluctant to admit it is extinct in the wild, it might as well be, because no confirmed sightings have been made since the 1970s. There were under 60 of the subspecies left in zoos worldwide in 2002.
However there is now hope that captive tigers can be trained to be reintroduced and function in the wild for the first time in decades.
“It is exciting,” says Brad Nilson from Conservation Finance International. “This was controversial, even crazy stuff 20 years ago when we wrote about it, but now its gained acceptability.”
The functional extinction of the South China tiger, after China’s Communist Party declared it an “enemy of the people” for killing livestock, has meant that this was the only route to saving what is viewed as one of the most endangered animals on the planet. With conservators in China reluctant to inter-breed the animals with other subspecies; “we have had to be very careful about how we optimize breeding,” notes Nilson, who is working on the program. With so few animals left, there are risks of inbreeding.
Five South China tigers were taken from Shanghai Zoo to a converted South African sheep farm where they could be “re-wilded.” Within a few years one of the refugee tigers named Tiger Woods was fathering babies born, perhaps for the first time in decades, in at least a semi-wild condition. There are now 18 South China tigers in South Africa, giving hope that this animal may thrive once more. “We’ve gone from around 50 to 110 since 2002,” says Nilson. “It’s safe to say its the only subspecies that has doubled, which makes a major contribution to the global aim of doubling the population by 2022,” he adds.
Thailand, China expected to renew panda loan contract
China and Thailand have agreed to extend the contract lending pandas Lin Hui and Chuang Chuang to Thailand for another 10 years as Panda Ambassadors. They are expected to renew the agreement in November.
Chiang Mai Zoo Director Dr Karnchai Saenwong told the press at Chiang Mai Zoo earlier today of the progress toward a contract, noting that both China and Thailand have now primarily agreed on the
Mauritian reptiles get the backing of international philanthropist thanks to local trust company
The Jersey Foundation, established by an international philanthropist, will be making pledges to several local charities throughout 2014, one of which is to Durrell for £50,000. The donation will fund conservation work in Mauritius.
The £50,000 will support Durrell’s mission of saving species from extinction through the delivery of conservation projects on the ground and training Mauritian conservationists. On the ground, the funding will support efforts to restore six species of highly threatened reptile, including the Telfair’s skink, orange tailed skink and Gunther’s gecko, on the network of small islands that lie off the coast of Mauritius. This includes funding a desperately needed 4 x 4 vehicle to move the team and equipment to field sites, trips to each of the islands, and the movement of reptiles between islands to rebuild populations. The funding will also support our work with Mauritian Wildlife Foundation to build local skills for conservation through the provision of scholarships to attend our Endangered Species Recovery course that is based at the new Durrell Conservation Academy – Mauritius campus, as well as support for students coming to the UK and Jersey to receive specialist training.
Jan Kenny, executive director of Nautilus, said: It has been a pleasure to work with our client and to identify some really wonderful causes locally with which we are to provide financial support. We have an affinity with Durrell given that Nautilus also has offices in Mauritius and we can see first-hand the benefits the donation has made already. We hope that this is the start of an on-going relationship between Nautilus and Durrell.’
Oliver Johnson, CEO of Durrell, commented: ‘We are delighted to receive such strong support from a local organisation; it truly reinforces community spirit for both Je
Zoo critters prefer their horse meat
The lions, tigers and bears at the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo couldn’t have cared less about last year’s vociferous debate over whether horse slaughter should be resumed in the United States.
They were content just wolfing down their daily rations of imported horse meat – roughly 38,000 pounds of it per year.
Last year’s planned opening of a horse slaughter plant near Roswell outraged a large contingent – nationwide and in New Mexico – who argued that horse slaughter is inhumane and should not be allowed in the United States.
That controversy didn’t affect Albuquerque’s zoo, or its practice of feeding horse meat to many of its residents.
Zoo animals, it turns out, can be notoriously finicky eaters, said Ralph Zimmerman, the zoo’s head veterinarian. But the majority of the zoo’s large carnivores prefer horse meat over beef or pork, both of which would cost considerably more without offering the nutritional benefits of their equine counterpart.
Zimmerman said horse meat is “nutritionally very sound.” It’s higher in amino acids, B-6 and B-12 vitamins, and iron than beef and many other sources
Zoos add plants to improve habitat, aesthetics
The Virginia Zoo is all about animals - and, increasingly, all about plants.
There are 10 themed gardens that make up the zoo's 53-acre experience.
There's the White Garden with its cooling ambiance of pale flowers.
There's the fiery explosion of the Tropical Garden with its rain forest-like foliage.
And, there's the Organic Rose Garden where oldies and newbies flourish with only natural ingredients.
Brian Francis, the new curator of horticulture at the 100-year-old zoo in Norfolk, Va., hopes to enhance the gardens even more. He wants to add denser plantings to the animal habitats so you feel immersed in the country or continent; he also plans to create a database of plants and envisions future plant sales for the public.
"I'm really hoping to take it to a fresh and exciting new level that hasn't been seen here before," he said. "The zoo currently has many significant plants that are not
CUMBRIA ZOO INQUEST: SARAH MCCLAY'S FAMILY STILL HAVE UNANSWERED QUESTIONS
The family of a woman animal keeper mauled to death when a tiger walked through an open door say they still have questions unanswered following the conclusion of an inquest into her death.
Sarah McClay, 24, was pounced on in the keeper's corridor of the tiger house at South Lakes Wild Animal Park in Cumbria before she was dragged by the back of the neck into a den and then to an outside enclosure.
The animal was supposed to never have access to the corridor but male tiger Padang walked straight through a door to where Miss McClay, from Barrow, was as she carried out her cleaning and feeding duties in the house.
An inquest jury in Kendal ruled in a narrative verdict that Padang got to Miss McClay by entering two open internal sliding gates within the house and then an open door that led on to the corridor.
Systems were in place at the park in Dalton-in-Furness in to ensure that animals and keepers remained apart at all times through indoor and outdoor compartments connected by lockable self-closing doors.
But when staff members rushed in after the attack on May 24 last year they found the door to one of the tigers' dens ajar and not locked.
Two internal sliding gates were also open which allowed Padang and his female companion, Alisha, to move in and out of a light den and a dark den to the outside enclosure.
The court heard that a bolt on the top of the dark den door - which had been the one open immediately before the attack - was found to be defective in the hours following her death as the scene was examined but it could not be said if that damage had occurred before the fatality.
RAK Zoo opens its doors to the public
Ras Al Khaimah Zoo opened its doors for the first time yesterday, with its owner and residents confident it will help boost tourism in the emirate.
The zoo, located in Al Dagdaga, is owned by Jasim Ali, general commander of RAK Police, and the first phase of the project has so far cost Dh6 million.
Mr Ali said he was pleased with the opening-day turn out. “There were actually many tourists from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar who followed me on Instagram and Facebook, and a large number of tourists from outside UAE came to the opening,” he said.
The zoo features African lions, white lions, white tigers, a rare golden tiger, panthers, wolves, deer and birds.
“The golden tiger that I have in my zoo is the first one in the whole of the GCC,” said Mr Ali. “In addition, it is important how I treat and act directly with the animals to attract visitors.”
During the summer the animals are kept in their own chilled isolation rooms to protect them from the unforgiving temperatures.
The next phase of the project will include the building of an air-conditioned area featuring rare reptiles, birds and an aquarium. It is expected to be completed in the next one-and-a-half years at an extra cost of Dh15 million, Mr Ali said.
There are 45 different types of animals in the zoo, and Mr Ali is planning to increase the number to more than 2,000.
“During the year, we will develop the zoo and over the next 40 years will develop it more and more, because the development doesn’t stop,” he said.
The residents of RAK were pleased with the opening of a zoo in their emirate.
Shanghai Building World's Largest Polar Theme Park
Authorities have announced plans to open a polar theme park in Shanghai's Pudong New Area. The park will be the largest of its kind, housing more than 500 species of polar animals and over 20,000 different types of fish.
Visitors to the park will be able to see killer whales performing tricks in a large water pool and will also bVe able to visit the polar animal and ocean wild zones to see various wildlife, including polar bears, emperor penguins, dolphins and beluga whales. The additional pavilions will contain sharks, penguins and coral.
Six Tiger Attacks in Eight Years Across India's Zoos
A 20-year-old man was mauled to death by a white tiger in the Delhi zoo today. The man apparently slipped and fell into the tiger's enclosure.
Five similar incidents have occurred across India in the last eight years resulting in three deaths. Are our zoos safe enough?
Following are a few incidents of attacks by tigers at zoos across India:
January 1996: Two drunk men tried to garland a tiger after entering inside the enclosure at the Alipore Zoo of Kolkata. The animal killed one of them and injured the other.
December 2000: A tige
A look at recent zoo attacks
1994: A 29-year-old Australian tourist climbed a fence to get close-up pictures of a polar bear at the Anchorage Zoo, Alaska. She was mauled but survived the attack.
2007: A 350-pound Siberian tiger managed to escape its cage in a San Francisco Zoo. It mauled three men, killing one. Authorities were unsure of how the tiger escaped, but it was clear that the animal somehow travelled over a 20-foot wall and a
Death in the Delhi zoo—‘Beast’ vs. the Beast
Delhi and most of its denizens have the least apathy for animals and this is glaring if you ever visit the zoo or the zoological gardens as the 74 hectares of prime forest land in the center of Delhi is called.
“To inspire amongst zoo visitors empathy for wild animals, an understanding and awareness about the need for conservation of natural resources and maintaining ecological balance,” is one of the preambles adopted by the gardens which was set up in 1955 amidst a very urbane Delhi. This has never ever taken up for practical purposes as thi
Opinion: The secret life of zoo poo
Tonka, Jana and Edie have a big, smelly secret.
Every morning, the three resident African Elephants at the Knoxville Zoo plod into the Stokely African Elephant Preserve to begin a long day of eating. Vegetarians, they'll each consume nearly 500 pounds of hay and other plant material over the course of the day. Zoo visitors will ogle their majestic trunks and giggle at their swaying dance moves – a mechanism they use to cope with captivity – and some lucky patrons will even see the elephants deposit their excess waste around the enclosure.
But only one man will see what happens next.
Robert Hodge has been working at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens for a little more than a year. Having earned five years of urban agriculture experience in Knoxville, the quick-talking gardener joined the Botanical Gardens with an elephantine ambition – develop a community garden in a corner of the 47 acres of carefully cultivated green space.
He had accomplished a similar goal at the first community garden he helped organize, a site that he describes as "river bottom land." The project taught Hodge a new appreciation for rich, nutritious soil, and when he embarked on his second community garden in Lawnsdale, he knew he needed some kind of fertilizer to prepare the dirt.
Hodge went to Beardsley Community Farm, a local non-profit run by AmeriCorps volunteers, to see how they started their gardens in the nitrogen-deficient soil. There, the staff let Hodge in
The Zoo Debate: Educators or Entertainers?
Evidence for the Positive Contributions of Zoos and Aquariums to Aichi Biodiversity Target 1
The UN Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, adopted by the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2010, is a ten-year model aiming to protect biodiversity and the benefits it provides. The plan is essential in global efforts to halt and, optimistically, reverse the current loss of biodiversity. 20 target goals, known as the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, have been put in place with intent to increase value people put on biodiversity, maintain ecosystem services and support global action for a healthy planet. The first of these targets is as follows, “ by 2020, at the latest, people are aware of the values of biodiversity and the steps they can take to conserve and use it sustainably.” Achieving such an ambitious goal
New Multi-Million Exhibit Brings Zoo Guests Closer To The Penguins
A multi-million dollar exhibit is opening this weekend at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, bringing the penguin world and experiences closer to guests.
Marcus Washington was able to get an early behind-the-scenes look.
The new exhibit is five times bigger, if not more, than the previous living quarters for the penguins at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. There are so many sights and features around every corner.
After nearly four years of planning and 14 months of the construction, the new $11.5 million Penguin Coast exhibit is here at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.
In the wild, penguins typically have one mate for a lifetime. In a more controlled environment, that’s not always the case and with good reason.
“And to keep the genetics going within the penguins, they recommend that we breed one male with a certain female, so sometimes we do have to separate one pair up and try to repair them,” said Jess Phillips, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.
At more than 1900 square feet, this is the largest outdoor penguin exhibit in North American and only the second in the world to a facility
Thailand: Campaign to free gorilla from high-rise zoo
Officials in Bangkok have agreed to meet activists campaigning for the release of a female gorilla which has been on display in a department store's zoo since 1987, it's reported.
The campaign to re-house Bua Noi (Little Lotus) from the zoo on the top two floors of Bangkok's Pata department store has more than 35,000 signatures and has resulted in the director of the country's Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) agreeing to speak to activists about the case, the Bangkok Post reports. Sinjira Apaitan, who organised the petition, told the paper: "I don't think animals should be locked up in such unnatural habitat. I hope to help all other animals being held captive in this high-rise zoo as well." Speaking to Bangkok's Nation newspaper Sinjira hopes that the zoo, which has been criticised for its cramped conditions in the world's media for several years, would lose its licence.
A BBC journalist who has visited the Pata Zoo says the cages are small, concrete and some of the hundreds of animals were clearly suffering mental effects from their confinement. In defence of the attraction, zoo director Kanit Sermsirimongk
Pata Zoo fights efforts to move Bua Noi
THE OWNERS of Pata Zoo are fighting back efforts by many people to move the gorilla, Bua Noi, to what they consider "a better home".
"Don't use mob rule here," Pata Zoo director Kanit Sermsirimongkhon said yesterday. "We have complied with all relevant laws".
He said his zoo had a proper licence and its hygiene standards met all existing legal requirements. The licence has been renewed since August 13, he added.
Kanit was speaking after animal activist Sinjira Apaitan and her supporters met with Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation chief Nipon Chotibal yesterday to discuss how Bua Noi's fate can be improved.
Pata Zoo is on the top two floors of Pata Department Store, an ageing building on a busy street in Bangkok. It houses more than 200 species of animals, including reptiles, turtles, birds, monkeys, leopards, tigers, bears and the lone gorilla, Bua Noi.
According to Kanit, Bua Noi is the only female gorilla in Thailand and perhaps Asia.
"We have taken care of Bua Noi well. She is healthy emotionally and physically," Kanit insisted.
Sinjira, a Thai woman who lives in New Zealand, has been trying to raise public awareness, saying a gorilla like Bua Noi deserves a better home than just being locked up in a cage on the top of a Bangkok department store. Her online petition via change.org website had attracted 36,44
Can't fault zoo for the tragedy: CZA
A day after a white tiger killed a youth who had fallen into its enclosure, a two-member probe team of Central Zoo Authority visited the Delhi zoo twice on Wednesday. Though it is yet to file a report, the team didn't fault the zoo for the tragedy.
"We can't say it's the zoo's fault. To be honest, their enclosure is larger than what CZA guidelines provide for. Also, there are three barriers to keep visitors at a safe distance. There are boards warning visitors against disturbing animals. I can't imagine how the man jumped over the metal stand-off hedge and the wall. We are extremely saddened by what happened but the enclosure meets the norms," said an official.
To stress on the safety aspect, the official said that white tigers donated to zoos abroad and in India were all bred in that enclosure. "The tiger was startled to see the man up close. He has never had close physical contact with any human being; even the keepers feed him from outside. His instinct of securing territory probably took over," the official added.
The team, headed by S C Sharma, the founder member-secretary of CZA, is analysing footage of the incident and is expected to submit its report in a day or two. However, CZA had earlier suggested that glass barriers be installed at some enclosures. Delhi zoo had tried to implement it, but it didn't work out.
"They break and are not very useful. We are still plan
His obsession with tigers led him to his death
A pall of gloom has descended over a dingy hutment located below the Zakhira flyover in central Delhi, at Anand Parbat, on Wednesday. Maqsood, 20, who was mauled to death by a white tiger at the Delhi zoo on Tuesday, lived here with his family.
Almost 24 hours after his tragic death, the family recollects that it was his new-found love for tigers that had led to his death. A random visit to the zoo sometime in June had got him obsessed with tigers and he often spoke about it to his wife and family members. The visits became frequent after he lost his job as a porter a few weeks ago.
Maqsood had married Fatima, a woman from Kolkata, a year ago. Of late, he had heard about stories of Bengal tigers and how a tiger had mauled two men at Alipur zoo when they had gone to garland the animal back in 1995. "He never told us what was it about tigers that had aroused his curiosity so much but these stories used to excite him and he often shared his experiences at the zoo," said Mohammad Tahir, his grandfather.
Maqsood's friends say that his obsession only grew and he would often slip out of his house in the afternoon and visit the zoo to watch
the tigers, and lions. The fact that he had lost his job four months ago gave him ample time. He often told his mother he was going out to look for a job but instead landed at the zoo. He used the little money he had saved to buy tickets at the zoo.
"He had gone there even last Tuesday and told the children stories about the white tigers after his return," said Adil, a friend who owns a grocery shop outside the colony. He said Maqsood had dropped out of school in eighth class and was working as a la
Edinburgh Zoo panda enclosure ‘not suitable’ claim
EDINBURGH Zoo’s panda enclosure is unsuitable for breeding and Tian Tian may not even have been pregnant, a leading expert has claimed.
Gareth Starbuck described the £275,000 enclosure as “sparse, has a lot of concrete, one token tree and no cover”.
The animal breeding expert at Nottingham Trent University said it was also a mistake for Tian Tian to be kept in sight of her potential mate as wild pandas live many miles apart.
However, Edinbrugh Zoo has rubbished the claims and insisted the enclosure was designed “in collaboration with Chinese experts who are the foremost authority”.
Dr Starbuck, 42, said: “It strikes me that the best way to get an animal to behave in a successful manner is to recreate their natural environment as best as possible.
“The panda enclosure in Edinburgh is sparse, has a lot of concrete, one token tree and not much cover. In the wild they have plenty of cover.”
Dr Starbuck also said the fact the male and female pandas could see each other from their separate glass-fronted enclosures was a problem.
He said: “We put them next to each other and expect them to mate naturally when in the wild they are miles apart and only come into contact when she is ready to mate.
“Why is she going to be interested in the boy next door?”
Tian Tian was artificiall
Donkeys reunited at Polish zoo after sex scandal
The couple, together for 10 years, got into trouble when mothers expressed outrage that children had to witness their mating. Local conservative official Lydia Dudziak took up their cause and persuaded the director of the zoo in Poznan to have the animals put in separate pens.
The zoo acknowledged making a mistake Thursday and said the donkeys are again in one pen after about a week apart.
“It was never our intention for any animals to feel uncomfortable because of their natural behaviors,” the zoo said in a statement.
The interruption of the long-standing romance turned into a national news item in Poland in the past days. Nearl
Op-Ed: The crocodile suicides: Inside the Thai zoo where things go wrong
On a recent Friday at Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo, a 65-year-old woman slipped off her shoes, clambered over a balustrade and plunged into a pit of hundreds of crocodiles. As workers rushed to distract the reptiles, the woman swam toward them.
Investigators ruled it a suicide. Similar incidents took place at the self-proclaimed "world's largest" crocodile farm in 1992, 2002 and possibly in 2012. The owner said he has invested in safety but that there's not much you can do if someone is determined.
Safety, here on dusty fringe of Bangkok's sprawl, is relative. On a recent weekday morning, I drove out to the Samutprakarn farm to see what kind of a place this was and whether it still poses danger to those with depression. I wanted to ask the owner myself what measures have been taken and whether he thought he could do more.
It's dangerous to write about suicide, and it's dangerous not to. In an essay for the Poynter journalism institute, Cindi Deutschman-Ruiz notes that while many reporters shy from covering suicides, the gap in coverage creates the impression that suicide is not a major public health crisis, which it is. At the same time, vivid descriptions of methods can inspire copycats.
"A reporter should not risk providing another person considering suicide with the details of how it can be achieved," she writes.
In the case of Samutprakarn, that risk is already out there. Thai media, appropriately, snatched up the story immediately. International media quickly followed. The method of achieving death at Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm is well documented. What's not well documen
Kira Davis: ‘Blackfish’ Movie Does More Harm than Good When it Comes to Animal Welfare
By now, many Americans have heard of a documentary called Blackfish, which creates an emotionally harrowing tale of human overreach, greed and the potential risks of holding animals in captivity. The film specifically targets SeaWorld and their killer whale program, as it tells the story of SeaWorld Florida orca Tillikum:
“a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite complies shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity…and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry” – Blackfishmovie.com
It certainly sounds captivating. Seeing that CNN actually gave the movie primetime airtime, and having brushed by it every day for the last few months on Netflix, I thought this might be a good film to watch with my 12-year-old s
RWS Dolphin Island, SEA Aquarium accredited by zoo association
Resort World Sentosa's (RWS) SEA Aquarium and Dolphin Island have been granted accreditation by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), the integrated resort announced in a release on Friday (Sep 26).
“By meeting the highest standards, SEA Aquarium and Dolphin Island are ranked among the best zoos and aquariums in the world,” said AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy. “When people visit these attractions at Resorts World Sentosa, they can be assured that they are supporting a facility that is a leader in the care and conservation of wildlife.”
"Marine education, conservation and research, as well as the well-being of our animals have always been our utmost priority," added Senior Vice President of Attractions at Resorts World Sentosa John Hallenbeck. "We are delighted to be one of the few facilities outside of the United States to receive the accreditation from AZA, and we look forward to inspire more visitors to do their part for our o
Moscow Zoo Prepares to Install Webcams in Animal Enclosures
The Moscow Zoo has announced plans to install webcams in its enclosures, allowing animal-lovers to observe their favorite beasts from the comfort of their own homes.
"We have these cameras in our plans, but organizing the broadcast on our own will be problematic: The telecom signal at the zoo is rather weak," spokesperson Anna Kachurovskaya told local broadcaster M24.ru.
The webcam installation, which will be carried out in conjunction with ongoing renovations at the zoo, has an initial startup cost of about 100,000 rubles ($2,600), according to media expert Anton Korobkov-Zemlyansky.
The broadcasts will also cost dozens of thousands of rubles to maintain, Korobkov-Zemlyansky told M24.ru, but added that the money could be generated from advertising. The park is also planning to sell zoo membership cards to raise the necessary funds for the project, the report said.
Natalia Drobova, a World Wildlife Fund coordinator, said the project would likely be a success and that demand should be particularly high for broadcasts showing young animals. She also highlighted raccoons, penguins and monkeys as animals that would be interesting for the public to watch, M24.ru reported.
The locals aren't the only ones set to benefit
First zoo opens in Ras Al Khaimah
The two-stage RAK Zoo, which will be built at a total cost of Dh17 million, is the third biggest in the UAE after Al Ain Zoo and the Emirates Park Zoo in Abu Dhabi.
Jassim Ali, the owner of the zoo, on Tuesday told Khaleej Times that his personal zoo is home to a variety of 40 wild, rare and endangered animals. “The zoo, situated close to Saqr Park, is built on an area of 1 million square metres.”
The animals include African and white lions, white and rare golden tigers, black panthers and cheetahs, grey and Arab wolves, rare antelopes and deer, as well as a variety of beautiful birds and rare animals, he said.
Ali said the zoo, located at Daqdaqa area opposite the Institute of Applied Technology, has an equestrian club for training women and children, an array of restaurants and cafes. “There is also a special corner for children’s toys, cycle tracks, horse and camel riding tracks, prayer rooms for gents and ladies, toilets, footpaths, family walks and rest areas.”
Ali explained that the first stage of the mega project cost him Dh6 million, while the second phase will cost Dh11 million and will be inaugurated within a y
Short shrift for crocodile park
THE proposed creation of a crocodile park got short shrift at the House environment committee yesterday as deputies and local authorities found the whole idea suspicious.
The application submitted recently to the agriculture ministry by a Cypriot-Israeli joint venture sees the importation of around 1,000 Nile crocodiles for a theme park in Psematismenos village in the Larnaca district.
The crocodiles are to come from an Israeli farm that was closed down after 70 of the crocodiles escaped, causing a panic.
Larnaca local authority officials and environmentalists at the House yesterday said that 1,000 crocodiles was way too much for a theme park and suspected the beginning of a breeding industry leading to the slaughter of the protected animals for the production of crocodile-skin items.
“It is obvious that it is about a breeding farm, that due to its size, will turn into a processing company,” Greens MP Giorgos Perdikis said.
A representative of non-governmental-organisation Terra Cypria said the application for a theme park was a Trojan horse aiming to facilitate the trade of crocodile products in the EU.
Olympia Stylianou, permanent secretary of the agriculture ministry said the application concerned a theme park and “not a slaughter house”. She also said that the 70 crocodiles that escaped the farm in Israel were hatchlings.
Most of the committee members expressed their concerns over the large number of the crocodiles involved and the dangers they posed to biodiversity and the environment, the worry about safety issues.
EXPOSED! T.I.G.E.R.S: A Tourist Attraction Exploiting Animals in the Name of Wildlife Conservation
It’s hard to pass up a chance to check out animals up close, especially when those animals aren’t easy to find in your neck of the woods. Most of us will never get the opportunity to go on a safari to see a wild tiger in person, much less bottle feed one. Let’s face it, tigers in the wild are pretty dangerous, as well as extremely endangered. Some species of tiger are so threatened that it’s a rarity to find them in the wild at all. Which makes a trip to T.I.G.E.R.S Preservation Station and Safari in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina seem like the perfect trip for a tiger enthusiast!
Not only can you get up close and personal with adorable tiger cubs, you can see rare white tigers and even ligers too. Posing for picture packages helps you to commemorate the experience and the proceeds go toward the Rare Species Fund, a non-profit set up by T.I.G.E.R.S for conservation. That sounds awesome! For the animal lover, this would seem like a spectacular opportunity.
If we look closer, however, it isn’t entirely the wholesome and altruistic venture it leads patrons to believe that it is. For the average consumer, it would seem like spending a couple of hours with a rare tiger while contributing to an establishment that does conservation work would be helping animals. The fact is, the animals at T.I.G.E.R.S are bred solely for profit and some of them are so unsuitable for reintroduction to the wild th
A tribute to William Oliver 1947-2014
William Oliver will be remembered for his lifetime dedication to conservation and his unique, passionate and determined personality.
A dedicated conservationist, William Oliver was a close colleague and friend of many at Fauna and Flora International (FFI), and we were deeply saddened to hear of his sudden passing last week. Here we share a few tributes from FFI staff to honour one of conservation’s most colourful characters.
Qatar Has Plans to Build a $45 Billion Dollar Futuristic City For The World Cup, That'll Feature "Manmade Clouds"
illion dollars (another thing we're raising our eyebrows at) and will feature "19 districts" along with two golf courses, four islands, an all giraffe zoo, a mall, t
Rewilding Britain: bringing wolves, bears and beavers back to the land
A pair of highland ponies nibble grass as two kestrels swoop across the path. Up a rock face across this windswept valley deep in the Scottish highlands, a golden eagle is hunting for prey, its movements tracked by a GPS tag. Nearby are Scottish wildcats among the bracken – Europe’s rarest cat, with fewer than 400 left – plus red squirrels, black grouse, the occasional pine marten, shaggy highland cattle adapted to the harsh environment here, and, like much of the highlands, plenty of deer. Wild boar and moose roamed this corner of Sutherland until recently.
But if Paul Lister, the estate’s multimillionaire owner and the heir to the MFI fortune gets his way, two species not seen on this land for centuries could soon be added to the list: wolves and bears. Alladale estate, which Lister prefers to call a “wilderness reserve”, is one of the most ambitious examples of so-called “rewilding”, the banner under which a growing number of people are calling for the reintroduction of locally extinct species to landscapes. Bringing back species such as wolves, beavers and lynx, rewilding advocates say, can increase the diversity of other flora and fauna, enable woodlands to expand and help reconnect people with nature.
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Elephant baby boom: Dublin Zoo welcomes third calf in ten weeks
The newborn female arrived on Wednesday morning, weighing in at 68kg - the weight of an average human woman.
The birth was “very calm and quick” and the new calf was standing within ten minutes, according to Paul O’Donoghue, Assistant Director at the Zoo.
“The calf’s mother, Bernhardine, is the oldest female and the matriarch of the herd,” he added.
She is the third newborn Asian elephant in ten weeks.
During the summer, Dublin Zoo became home to two other calves Kavi (born in July) and Ashoka (born in August).
Both baby elephants’ names were revealed to the public this week after a social media naming competition encouraged users to suggest Asian-inspired monikers for the mammals.
A naming competition will again be hosted on Dublin Zoo’s Facebook page to christen the newest member of the herd.
With the multiple births, Dublin Zoo, Dublin Ci
Military Lend a Hand to Create New Female Polar Bear Enclosure
60 military personnel have arrived in the Highlands to help create a new home for a female polar bear. Due to arrive next spring, the female will join Walker and Arktos, Scotland’s only resident males, with the hope of hearing the pitter patter of polar bear cub paws in the future.
Lodging at the Rothiemurchus Estate, the Engineers from 71 Engineer Regiment and a contingent from the South Dakota National Guard have kicked off work on the new 300 metre (984ft) walkway and one hectare polar bear enclosure being developed on the south west side of the Highland Wildlife Park by the Park’s ‘Works Team’. The project commenced on Sunday 7th September and will run through until Thursday 18 September. It is a massive undertaking and includes work on four separate construction areas; the military personal are digging in over 200 posts by hand that range from 3 metres to 6 metres (9ft 10-19ft 8) high.
Steven Plowman, Highland Wildlife Park Property and Estates Manager, said:
“I was approached by the military personnel to see if we could offer them a task for their operatives; they were looking to do practical engineering work within the local community that allowed them to create something permanent for people to enjoy for many years to come. A win win for all. As a conservation charity we are also delighted to receive the donation (worth an amazing £45,000) of the military’s experience and labour. Incredibly, each post hole is dug by hand with fencing shovels and then the posts themselves are loaded onto army vehicles and taken out to the site of the new development.”
Has UK aquarium bred the world's rarest fish?
Tropiquarium has bred the Finescale splitfin, Allodontichthys polylepis — which it says is possibly the rarest fish in the world!
The fish is a livebearer belonging to a group of fish called Goodeids. There are about 40 species of Goodeids and their natural range is entirely within Mexico. Unfortunately, most of their habitats have high densities of human settlement and they are becoming increasingly altered and polluted. This has led to some species of Goodeid becoming extinct in the wild and others becoming critically endangered.
Layout plan of Night Safari to be finalized soon
Here's good news for wildlife lovers -- the Greater Noida Authority is all set to finalize the layout plan for the much-awaited night safari project in the city.
India's first and world's fourth largest night safari project is to be developed on 250 acres of land, adjoining the Gautam Budh University beside the Yamuna Expressway, at a cost of Rs 1,500 crore.
Uttar Pradesh chief secretary Alok Ranjan told TOI on Wednesday that "final touches are being given to the layout plan for the night safari project", following which ground work would st
Commissioners will decide fate of Sedgwick County Zoo’s elephants
Should they stay, or should they go?
The future of the Sedgwick County Zoo’s two elephants, Stephanie and Cinda, will be decided this week by five elected officials when they vote whether to spend $5.3 million of taxpayers’ money to support an expanded exhibit for the biggest land animals roaming the Earth.
If a majority of the Sedgwick County commissioners approves the spending, the South African elephants will stay and be joined by others. If a majority votes no, Stephanie and Cinda eventually will leave Wichita, where they’ve spent 42 years.
“This is driven by the need to keep Stephanie and Cinda here,” Gayle Malone, a board member of the Sedgwick County Zoological Society, said of the proposed $10.5 million, five-a
Israel imports Israeli sand cat from Sweden
Thus are the absurdities that their looming extinction forces in the name of preservation.
Earlier this week, a stunningly beautiful and extremely rare male sand cat landed at the Ben-Gurion International Airport, after roughly a day's flying time from Sweden.
The pure sand cat, or Felis margarita, is in extreme danger of extinction. Originally endemic to Israel and Jordan, this small, chunky wildcat is now totally extinct in the Middle East, though some members of a sub-species reportedly still prowl the deserts of Saudi Arabia, North Africa and central Asia.
Spy on penguin families for science
Penguin Watch (www.penguinwatch.org), which launches on 17 September 2014, is a project led by Oxford University scientists that gives citizen scientists access to around 200,000 images of penguins taken by remote cameras monitoring over 30 colonies from around the Southern Ocean. The project brings together scientists from the Australian Antarctic Division and the UK, who normally work on opposite sides of Antarctica.
Recent evidence suggests that populations of many species of penguin, such as chinstrap and Adélie, are declining fast as shrinking sea ice threatens the krill they feed on. By tagging the adults, chicks, and eggs in remote camera images Penguin Watch volunteers will help scientists to gather information about penguin behaviour and breeding success, as well as teaching a comp
Star zoo animals draw crowds but they wont save their species
Brazilians head to the polls in October to decide on their new president. The country’s votes always produce surprises such as the election of a clown in 2010 and in 1959 the election of a rhinoceros named Cacareco with 100,000 votes as a city councillor of São Paulo.
Cacareco was arguably Brazil’s first celebrity animal but the Belo Horizonte Zoo, through captive breeding, has produced the first two “Brazilian” gorillas in the past month. Once their names have been chosen, these baby gorillas will no doubt become celebrities. The zoo just needs to be careful with the naming – after a public competition in the 1970s its first gorilla was called Idi Amin Dada, after the African dictator.
London Zoo’s most famous resident Guy the Gorilla became a national icon in the 60s and 70s; he too was named after an infamous character, 17th century would-be terrorist Guy Fawkes. Superstar zoo animals long pre-date so
Chimpanzees are inherently warlike, finds a new study
Chimpanzees in the wild become violently aggressive on their own, rather than being driven to warlike behaviors as a result of proximity to or interaction with humans, according to a new study published Wednesday in the journal Nature.
This runs contrary to a previous, high-profile study, which said interference from man was a key predictor of chimpanzee violence against other chimps.
The new work, by some 30 ape researchers, looked at data from 18 chimpanzee communities over five decades and had 152 killings by chimpanzees to analyze
One of the scientists taking part was David Morgan, research fellow with the Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. For 14 years, Morgan has studied chimpanzees in the forests of Republic of Congo. We caught up with Morgan via e-mail to ask about the study.
Q: How do your new findings change our understanding of chimpanzees?
Tiger maul victim's brother talks of "haunting terror"
Zookeeper Sarah McClay, who was mauled to death by a tiger, must have been terrified as she lay dying in the enclosure, her brother has said.
Stephen McClay, 28, says he is "tortured" by the idea her death was a slow one.
It is 16 months since Mr McClay lost his 24-year-old sister in the attack at South Lakes Safari Zoo in Cumbria.
Miss McClay was in a staff area when male tiger, Padang, got in through an open door and dragged her outside into its feeding enclosure, an inquest heard.
She suffered serious head and neck injuries and died hours later in hospital, before her family - mother
Mauled tiger worker had 'dream job'
A woman mauled to death by a tiger at the wildlife park where she worked was doing her "dream job", her mother has told an inquest.
Sarah McClay, 24, suffered multiple injuries when she was attacked at South Lakes Wild Animal Park in Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria, on May 24 last year.
Miss McClay, from Barrow-in-Furness, was going about her routine duties in the big cat enclosure at the park when she came into contact with a male Sumatran tiger.
She was taken by air ambulance to Royal Preston Hospital but later died from her injuries.
Police said at the time of her death that the enclosure concerned consisted of a number of indoor and outdoor compartments connected by lockable doors. Keepers were required to enter various parts of the enclosure in the course of their routine duties.
However, systems were said to be in place to ensure that animals and keepers remained apart at all times.
Speaking on the first day of the inquest, which is being held in front of a jury, Fiona McClay, from Linlithgow,West Lothian, told the hearing in Kendal that her daughter was "a meticulous person to the extreme" who was "settled in her life".
She said Miss McClay had worked as an animal carer at the park for approximately three years.
South Cumbria Coroner Ian Smith asked her what h
Family of zoo keeper mauled to death by tiger that walked through open door before attacking her say they still need answer after inquest
Sarah McClay died after a tiger escaped its enclosure due to 'defective bolt'
The tiger grabbed Ms McClay's neck causing deep puncture wounds
Her mother Fiona criticised park owner David Gill over Sarah's death
Sarah's boyfriend David Shaw said he had his own idea of what happened
The inquest jury returned a narrative verdict in line with the evidence
Sarah McClay inquest: Zoo owner 'fired rifle' at tiger
The owner of a zoo where a tiger mauled a keeper to death has described how he fired a rifle at the animal after the attack.
Sarah McClay, 24, died in May last year after a male Sumatran Tiger left her with deep wounds at the South Lakeland Animal Park near Dalton-in-Furness.
An inquest heard David Gill fired a rifle at the animal as it was standing over her motionless body.
The shot scared it into the tiger house so emergency services could get to her.
'Ran like crazy'
Zoo owner Mr Gill told how he ran to the scene when he heard on the park radio the tiger, called Padang, "had got Sarah".
He made his way to the side of the enclosure armed with a rifle but could not get a clear shot.
He said: "I took real good care to look at Sarah. She didn't move at all. She was completely still."
A colleague radioed him to say she had a
COLLEAGUES PAY TRIBUTE TO PASSIONATE CUMBRIA ZOO KEEPER
Last updated at 18:06, Wednesday, 17 September 2014
COLLEAGUES of Sarah McClay paid tribute to her dedication and passion for her job when they gave evidence to the inquest.
Jo Dennis is the animal manager who has worked at the zoo for 12 years and helped Miss McClay through her training.
She told the hearing today: “She was good at everything she did. She took on board everything you told her.
“She was very good at recording things. She was screwed on; she knew what she was doing in all aspects of her job. She was very thoughtful and took time to listen to what you were saying. I had no doubt in her competence.”
Niall Gilchrist, now of Dorset, is a former deputy animal manager at the Dalton zoo, who left in September 2012 but interviewed Miss McClay for her job and was responsible for some of her training.
She joined in March 2011 and started off on the bird section.
Mr Gilchrist told the hearing: “After she had been there for a period, she would pick up on things and point things out to me, which showed good awareness and understanding of the animals.
“She had quite a measured approach to things. She was progressing, I would say, a little bit quicker than average and impressed me with her work ethic.”
Marketing manager Karen Brewer has worked at the zoo for 15 years and, as part of her role, kept a record of training documents.
She confirmed Miss McClay had been
INQUEST: CUMBRIA ZOO KEEPER HAD UNSURVIVABLE INJURIES AFTER TIGER ATTACK
A POST-MORTEM examination showed among Miss McClay's unsurvivable injuries were deep puncture wounds to the neck, the back of her body, both arms and her left foot.
There was crushing to the spine in the neck and at the top of the chest on the right side, along with fractured ribs and underlying injuries to both lungs.
Bruising and abrasions to her head and back were consistent with her being dragged along the ground, the inquest heard.
Reopening the inquest at County Hall, which is scheduled to last up to six days, Mr Smith told the jury of six women and four men that the nature of the case was “extremely unusual”.
He told them: “Your job is to decide the facts. To decide what actually happened because it is not altogether clear at this stage.”
To aid them a scale model of the tiger house has been made which the jury inspected today.
A short video of the park’s tiger house, filmed last June, was also shown in court.
The tiger enclosure – which housed a male and a female Sumatran tiger on the left side and two jaguar big cats and an Amur tiger on the right – consists of a number of compartments both indoor and outdoor connected by lockable doors which all worked independently.
LIVE UPDATE: INQUEST INTO TIGER DEATH AT CUMBRIA ZOO
AN inquest into the death of a Cumbria zoo keeper who was mauled by a tiger has heard that her injuries were "multiple and unsurvivable".
Sarah McClay was attacked by Padang, a Sumatran tiger, and dragged 100 yards into the enclosure as she worked at South Lakes Safari Zoo on May 24 last year.
The 24-year-old was airlifted to hospital where she later died as a result of her injuries. A hearing to establish the full circumstances surrounding her death started in County Hall, Kendal, today.
It is being conducted by Mr Ian Smith, the coroner for south and east Cumbria, and could last until next Monday.
The inquest heard a pathologist's report which said Miss McClay suffered "multiple and unsurvivable" injuries as a result of a tiger attack.
The jury was also shown a video showing inside the tiger enclosure and a scaled model, created by the Health and Safety Executive on behalf of Barrow Borough Council.
Owen Broadhead, health and safety officer, with Barrow council, talked the jury through the layout.
Mr Broadhead said an investigation on the day of the incident showed there was a default to a bolt on one of the gates in the tiger house - and the same issue was present when he returned a week later.
He said: "The bolt couldn’t be pinned back. It would bang against the frame and leave a gap in the region of 25mm. If the bolt worked properly, it would be pulled back and closed tightly to the frame.
"If it was working properly, it would be closed properly and fit in the frame.”
African wild dog escapes from zoo enclosure
An African wild dog escaped from its enclosure on Saturday morning, causing the temporary closure of the Singapore Zoo's main entrance.
A reader told The New Paper that the animal had escaped from its exhibit at about 8.45am, when there were already visitors at the zoo.
Wildlife Reserves Singapore, which manages the zoo, said in a statement that an African Painted Dog - another name for the African wild dog - left its enclosure at about 8.50am and keepers "activated safety protocols immediately".
The movement of the animal, which was restricted to Wild Africa and Tropical Crops zones, was tracked throughout the incident, the statement added.
By 9.20am, the animal was rounded up by the keepers and confined. Wildlife Reserves Singapore said no visitors, staff
Zoo clings to faint panda hopes
Zoo officials still hope that Edinburgh could soon welcome a new panda cub.
Tian Tian, the giant panda also known as Sweetie, was due to give birth on August 31, but analysis of her hormones became “atypical”. She and her male partner, Yang Guang, remain
An Iriomote wild cat released back into the wild after recovering from injuries in a car accident
An Iriomote wild cat, classified as Critically Endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, was injured in a traffic accident on Iriomote Island in August. The Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center of the Ministry of the Environment, which had been taking care of the cat, released it into the forest when it recovered from injuries on the evening of September 3.
This is the first time an Iriomote wild cat has been released into the wild after a traffic accident.
The released cat is a five-month old female.
A college student passing by found the cat lying still in the middle of the prefectural road on August 26.
After being notified, the Wildlife Conservation Center sheltered the cat. She had a scrape on her forehead. The cat’s pupils looked odd. The center determined that the cat had been hit by a car because it had suffered injuries to the head.
The cat received medical treatment fro
Tiger cubs get a big birthday bash at Australia Zoo
FROM the look of what yesterday's rain did to Big Brother winner Tim Dormer's frizzy mane of hair, Australia Zoo tiger cubs Hunter and Clarence could have been forgiven for thinking staff had bought them their own lion-like toy as a first birthday present.
Thankfully, milk ice blocks, balloons and pinatas diverted attention away from the exuberant Tim, named a Wildlife Warrior ambassador, who will soon travel to the north Queensland bush with the Irwins on a crocodile research trip.
"I'm thrilled to be part of this special day," Tim, who is now working in radio in Sydney, said.
"This global ambassador role is such a privilege. I grew up loving animals. I was the kid running around catching bugs, studying them and then releasing them.
"I am part-way through a science degree in biodiversity and conservation and now I'm able to inspire other younger people to care for the
Cub’s death sparks talk of gene disorder in zoo tigresses
Death of the 15-day-old cub born to Royal Bengal tigress Ipshita on Sunday dashed all hopes of Lucknow zoo to raise a tiger cub born on its soil after nearly two decades. The zoo last had tiger cubs in 1995.
The female cub died after being abandoned by her mother Ipshita. "The cause of death, it appears, is a 'genetic' disorder. But we would certainly investigate this further," said the zoo director Anupam Gupta.
But why have the two tigresses at Lucknow zoo, Sona and Ipshita, not been able to deliver and raise a single cub all this while? While Sona has delivered stillborns, Ipshita abandons her cubs within days of delivery. "Sona, it appears, does it deliberately. She would jump and land on the floor with a thump while carrying a child," says a zookeeper. Ipshita does not lactate and is said to be "dull on motherly instincts".
Ipshita has undergone abortion twice in the past. In November 2009, four cubs born to her died of cardio-respiratory failure. "Then too she had started abandoning her cubs one after the other after they started showing signs of weakness," says a zookeeper. Subsequently, Lucknow zoo authorities said they would study the family tree of the two tigresses to trace the "problematic gene". The findings, if any, have not been made public. After 2009, it was in 2014 that the tigers were paired for mating.
One of the biggest losses due to this situation is that two m
Depressed woman commits suicide by crocodile in Samut Prakan
An elderly woman committed suicide by jumping into a crocodile pit at the Samut Prakarn Crocodile Farm & Zoo. Wanpen Inyai, 65, left her home on Rom Klao Road in Bangkok's Min Buri district on Friday...
DNA testing of tissue taken from the corpse confirmed her identity, said Pol Col Preecha Iamnui, Muang Samut Prakarn police investigator. Witnesses saw the woman intentionally jumped into the croc pond...
Johnny Martinez out as Washington Park Zoo director
The board of the Parks and Recreation Department unanimously voted Wednesday to ratify the decision to fire Johnny Martinez, who had been zoo director until Friday.
No details were given for the cause of his termination.
INQUEST INTO TIGER DEATH AT CUMBRIA ZOO TO START TOMORROW
A VISITOR who witnessed a tiger maul a Cumbria zoo keeper will be among 17 witnesses to give evidence at the inquest into her death.
Sarah McClay was attacked by Padang, a Sumatran tiger, and dragged 100 yards into the enclosure as she worked at South Lakes Safari Zoo on May 24 last year.
The 24-year-old was airlifted to hospital where she later died as a result of her injuries. A hearing to establish the full circumstances surrounding her death will start in County Hall, Kendal, tomorrow. It will be conducted by Mr Ian Smith, the coroner for south and east Cumbria.
A jury, drawn from the Kendal electoral roll, is expected to return its conclusion on Friday, but a decision may run into the following Monday.
On Tuesday, the jury will hear from eye witness Gareth Bell, a visitor from the North East who saw the attack unfold while he looked into the tiger enclosure.
The proceedings will start on Monday, when an officer from Barrow Borough Council, which has been investigating from a health and safety perspective, will describe the broad circumstances for the jury.
Miss McClay’s mother, Fiona McClay, is then scheduled to provide some background to her daughter and her passion for her job.
What's So Special About IMATA and AZA Conferences?!
This year's IMATA is really special, because it's paired with AZA's annual conference. That. Is. Awesome.
So what on earth could the Middle Flipper possibly write about when it comes to a double conference? Well, as I was thinking about what to write a few days ago, I started remembering all of the questions I've gotten about attending a conference (or if you can't attend one...or if you SHOULD attend one...) over the past several years. I've gotten a lot of the same questions and comments and figured hey, maybe a few other people out there would be interested to know an answer.
An answer. This blog is, after all, my opinion. So take whatever you'd like from this, and know it's all coming from a good place!
Pingtung museum is the first to breed ringed pipefish successfully in captivity
The National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium in Pingtung County has established a new record by breeding the ringed pipefish (Dunckerocampus dactyliophorus), becoming the first institution in the world to do so.
The museum said that the achievement serves as an important reference for future egg-hatching and fish-fry cultivation projects and helps to ease the strain caused by commercial fishing, allowing local fishermen more time to prepare for the imminent challenge of the depleting amount of economic fish faced by fishing communities throughout the world.
By simulating the fish’s living environment with underwater caves and fissured corals, the museum was able to provide an environment where the fish could hatch their eggs, the museum said.
The average survival rate of the fish stood at about 37 percent on the 100th day after hatching, it said, adding that the first batch of offspring began mating in the 11th month post-hatching.
According to the museum, although pipefish are not an endangered species, more than 30 million are caught and sold each year because Asian consumers view them as a precious material for traditional Chinese medicine and it is highly sought after by aquariums around the world. These twin demands have led to
Single and Ready to Mingle but Grounded by Zoo Authorities
It seems finding a suitable mate is harder in the animal world. A skewed sex ratio, a problem in many Indian states, is now a matter of concern for Indian zoos as well.
Endangered animals such as lions and tigers are left waiting for partners in many zoos, which causes behavioural issues such as stress among these animals and even reduces their life span. Concerned over the imbalance in sex ratio, the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) has now written to nearly 200 zoos across India asking them not to keep single animals for over six months and make arrangements for procuring viable partners. However, the zoos are not willing to part with or exchange their star attractions.
The CZA, under the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), found that 11 big zoos in the country either have male or female tigers and any effort to bring a partner for them failed as none of the other zoos are ready to part with their animal as these big cats are star attractions in every zoo. The Bannerghatta Zoo in Karnataka has 18 tigers and 16 tigresses and the Nandankanan Biological Park in Odisha has 3 tigers and 13 tigresses.
Similarly, four zoos do not have mating partners for their lions. And attempts to get suitable partners from Sakkarbaug Zoo of Gujarat (that has 20 lions and 3
US warns citizens to avoid Pretoria Zoo
US citizens touring or living in South Africa who planned to visit the Pretoria Zoo were advised on Friday not to do so.
The United States diplomatic mission cautioned citizens to be on the alert while touring the country.
According to the embassy, there had been “a number of armed robberies committed recently against visitors to the Pretoria Zoo.
“Due to these events the... mission to South Africa advises US citizens to avoid visiting the Pretoria Zoo until the security situation at the zoo improves,” the embassy said.
Americans were further urged to remain vigilant in protecting themselves from violent crimes while in South Africa Ä as assaults, armed robberies and other crimes were prevalent around hotels, tourist attractions and public transportation centres in m
Zoos weigh up the costs of China's 'pandanomics'
With China asking £600,000 a year to rent pandas and the price of food soaring, do the sums of having pandas add up?
The webcam shows a pile of bamboo shoots in Edinburgh zoo's purpose-built giant panda house. Yang Guang is asleep off-camera and Tian Tian, his possibly pregnant mate, is in a separate enclosure.
Meanwhile, Iain Valentine, the zoo's director of pandas, paces around the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland's office like an expectant father.
If Tian Tian gives birth, it will be in the next few days. If she were to, the zoo's financial security would be assured – even as Scotland decides its political future. A panda cub would be a conservation superstar, attracting millions of visitors at up to £16 a head. But if Tian Tian isn't even pregnant, the zoo faces declining public interest, rising costs and possible financial ruin.
The next few hours are crucial, said Valentine. "We cannot be certain how long it will be before we call it a day with Tian Tian. We are coming to the end. Shortly she will hit what we call base with her progesterone levels and only at that point will we be certain – she will simply either give birth or not."
Parents or not, Tian Tian and Yang Guang are the animal equivalents of Premier League footballers; they cost a fortune to buy and maintain, but are guaranteed to draw crowds. But academic research into "pandanomics" also suggests that the
How London Zoo made its old water infrastructure more sustainable
From replacing old pipes to developing water efficiencies in the penguin and Komodo Dragon enclosures, a mix of people and technology have led to big water savings
In 1995, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) faced huge water management issues with a water infrastructure that was old and required an ever increasing maintenance and annual water budget.
Streamlining water management was essential and the first step was to define water use and consumption patterns in order to work out a strategy for saving water and saving money. For a zoo, the main area of water usage is unsurprisingly animal welfare, including cleaning, replenishing ponds and moats. The water management systems inherited from the early days of the zoo had had not been constructed with sustainability in mind. With more than 3,000 metres of cast iron Victorian water mains covering an area of more than 36 acres, a major issue was the potential loss of water through leakage.
My brief as water management lead was to come up with a clear strategy to make water use more efficient and to be able to measure the benefits of the initiatives for both water supply and wastewater disposal.
The strategies developed and implemented at the zoo have saved more than £1m since 1995. Moreover, the annual water charge today is only 5.9% higher than 12 years ago. This figure is more significant considering that from 2002 to 2014 the mean cost per square cubic metre of water charged to ZSL has increased by 103.1%.
Dozens of endangered ducklings have hatched at Chester Zoo
Thirty little Baer pochard ducklings have hatched at Chester Zoo – and they’re ridiculously adorable.
There were once ten of thousands of this rare species but now, the Asian ducks are critically endangered because of hunting and loss of habitat. There are thought to be only thirty left living in the wild.
Experts fear that soon there’ll be just a few Baer pochard ducks left before the species vanishes altogether, but Chester Zoo are adam
Animal rights group PETA accuses Dublin Zoo of exploiting baby zebra
PETA has also called on the public to avoid the zoo which is one of the country’s top tourist attractions.
The group claims that Dublin and other zoos “serve no genuine conservation purpose” and should not be involved in the “incarceration” of animals.
Last week the zoo announced the birth of a common zebra foal - the first to be born there in 23 years.
But PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) claims that the new arrival has been born into a life of captivity and will never be happy.
Spokesman Ben Williamson said: “Photos of a common zebra foal born at Dublin Zoo highlight the fact that zoos serve no genuine conservation purpose.
“More than a half-million common zebra currently live in more than a dozen African countries, but this particularly unlucky baby will never know anything beyond life in captivity.
“She will never see her natural habitat, and without a natural and adequate social structure, she will never have the opportunity to learn “common” or basic zebra behaviour.
“Dublin Zoo’s purpose in breeding baby animals is to drive ticket sales, and it should not get away with trying to justify its continuing incarceration of animals for public amusement by pretending that it’s doing something useful when it is not.”
But Dublin zoo, which recently celebrated its 183rd birthday, rubbished the claim and maintained that the interests of animals always comes first.
Ben Williamson described the baby zebra as a “crowd-pleaser” which will not be wanted when she grows up.
“People who don’t want to support t
Online portal for monitoring of zoos launched
Environment and Forest Minister Prakash Javadekar Friday launched an online portal for grant of recognition to zoos and their monitoring besides an E-archival and retrieval management system for the Central Zoo Authority.
A book "Zoos in India 2014" was also released at the event.
The online portal for grant of recognition and monitoring of zoos envisages maintaining and providing real time information about the recognition and evaluation process to the stakeholders, a statement from the environment and forest ministry said.
"The portal intends to reduce the bottlenecks of manual recognition system and fully automates the recognition process. This would increase transparency, efficiency, accountability and also reduce the use of paper," it added.
The e-archival and retrieval management system, on the other hand, is systematic approach to the management of files.
"It is is essential for organisations to protect and preserve files. e-document archival and retrieval management information
Announcing the M. Phil Kahl Postdoctoral Fellowship
The International Elephant Foundation (IEF) supports conservation, awareness and scientific programs that enhance the survival of elephants and protect their habitats worldwide.
Background: Elephant range countries need more well-trained professionals with the knowledge and skills to address threats to wildlife, work in multi-disciplinary teams, and assist in country-wide wildlife policy recommendations. Fundamental science-based information about elephants is necessary to assure that effective conservation efforts can be put into place. The overall goal of this program is to contribute to the scientific knowledge of African and Asian elephant biology, such as inter- and intra-specific behaviors, and how the species interact with their environment. Therefore this program supports the advancement of credible scientific research that can support subsequent long-term elephant conservation initiatives.
Research description: IEF desires to support up-and-coming scientists from range countries interested in conducting ecological, behavioral, physiological and/or genetic research on free-ranging elephants. No prior experience studying elephants is necessary, but the applicant must demonstrate how his/her skills/expertise can be applied to field research on elephants. Research proposals to conduct policy or management related projects (e.g. those directly mitigating human-elephant conflict or combating poaching) will not be considered. Additionally, r
Phuket dolphin park link to Taiji massacre confirmed: Sea Shepherd [video]
A direct connection between five wild caught dolphins bound for Phuket’s dolphinarium and the annual slaughter of thousands of dolphins at the Taiji cove in Japan has been confirmed, the Asia Director of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society told the Phuket Gazette by email today.
Initial reports said that a total of six dolphins would be transported to Phuket via the Ukraine. However, the CITES* permit issued by the Ukraine Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources identifies eight dolphins and two South American Fur Seals to be exported to Thailand.
Three of the dolphins, two Pacific Bottlenose dolphins and one Black Sea Bottlenose Dolphin, were born in captivity in 2012 and are being directly exported from Ukraine, said Shepherd Conservation Society Asia Director Gary Stokes.
In addition, five more Pacific Bottlenose dolphins are being re-exported from Ukraine; and all five were originally caught in the wild in Japan, he explained.
“The only place in Japan that catches wild dolphins is Taiji. We had 20 Bottlenose [dolphins] shipped from Taiji to Nemo [representatives] in Ukraine a few years back. Nemo has not imported any other dolphins from Japan except these,” Mr Stokes told the Gazette.
“This is why I can confidently state that these ar - See more at:http://www.phuketgazette.net/phuket-news/Phuket-dolphin-park-link-Taiji-massacre-confirmed/34886#ad-image-0
Plan to bring jungle beast back to the Kingdom
Wild tigers have not been seen in Cambodia for years, but – despite habitat degradation and financial hurdles – there are hopes the species could be reintroduced
Not seen in seven years, the Kingdom’s most famous predator could be set to return to the wilds.
Dry forests in the Eastern Plains and tropical rainforests in the Cardamom Mountains were once home to a multitude of species – from the wild kouprey to the Indochinese tiger.
But after decades of deforestation, much of the forest has now been stripped bare and experts believe the tiger to be “functionally extinct”.
“In recent years, tiger populations in Cambodia have declined so drastically that resident breeding wild tigers are no longer recorded,” a representative of the Wo
We’re going to the zoo, zoo, zoo – just stay sober and keep your clothes on
Ever had one too many at the zoo and thrown your beer at a tiger, or stripped off and attempted to jump into the penguin pool? I’d hope not, but these are just two examples of inappropriate behaviour by visitors at London Zoo’s controversial party nights.
We all know how alcohol causes people do silly things and temporarily lose control. In a zoo we are there to observe, learn and enjoy – not to interact with the animals and certainly not to bother them. At their best, zoos are a wonderful form of theatre; at their worst, a grotesque pantomime, featuring unwilling animal actors.
Theatres and zoos survive in the days of cinema and wildlife documentaries because they provide a more personal experience. In a world where people share their life through social media a visit to the zoo provides them with something that their friends can experience, without being the cloned experience of watching a wildlife documentary.
Unfortunately, we have all heard a cell phone ringing in a theatre, thereby breaking the suspension of reality. But should zoo visitors be passive observers? If you follow the school of immersive zoo design, where the visitor is transported through enclosure design to the tropical rainforest of Africa, then a cell phone going off is going to ruin that experience. In my experience there is never a signal in such remote places.
Talking during a performance has always been a big no-no in theatres. But in zoos, talking at normal volume is not a problem; however, I personally find it extremely uncomfortable when people start to shout at zoo enclosures. And the animals, how do they feel? Before answering this question we should look at why people shout at animals in zoos.
Many zoo animals are nocturnal and so we are visiting them at their least active time of day. And a number of popular species such as lions are
A Dozen Puffins Will Get You 800 Mackerel: Inside The Weird Economy Of Zoos
Under the endangered species act, buying or selling an endangered animal requires a permit. The permits are hard to get — even for zoos and aquariums.
But there's a loophole.
"If I donate or loan an endangered species to you, I need no permit," says Kris Vehrs of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
So a barter system has sprung up among zoos and aquariums to trade animals without using money. They even do it with species that aren't endangered. But barter can be complicated.
For example: The New England Aquarium in Boston was recently in the market for some lookdown fish, and they knew of an aquarium in North Carolina that was willing to trade some.
The folks in North Carolina wanted jellyfish and snipe fish. The New England aquarium had plenty of jellyfish — but no snipe fish.
Steve Bailey, the curator of fish at the New England Aquarium, wound up making a deal to get snipe fish from an aquarium in Japan, in exchange for lumpfish. Then he sent the snipe fish and some jellyfish to North Carolina. In exchange, he finally got his lookdown fish.
Another time, Bailey says, he traded
Marine park attractions: can they survive?
As SeaWorld is hit with a lawsuit by shareholders – the latest setback for the ailing company – we ask what the future holds for marine park attractions
In August, the leading brand in marine mammal attractions, SeaWorld, made a major announcement. After a year spent defending itself against a barrage of criticism for its treatment of captive whales and dolphins, the company said it would open a state-of-the-art killer whale environment – the world’s largest.
It is a bold move. But it is questionable whether its Blue World Project, which is slated to open in 2018 and gives little indication that SeaWorld will cease its captive whale programme, will be enough to save it.
In July 2013, the documentary Blackfish brought the circumstances of orca trainer Dawn Brancheau’s death - which took place during a show at SeaWorld Florida in 2010 - to an audience of millions, and last month the company’s shares fell by 33%. The bad news continued this week as shareholders filed a lawsuit against SeaWorld, accusing it of misleading investors about the impact the film has had on attendance of its parks. After 50 years as one of America’s most loved family brands, the tide has turned against SeaWorld. The future for attrac
Seaview lions bred for hunting parks – video
LIONS and tigers from Port Elizabeth’s Seaview Predator Park are being sold to game farms known for hunting and the exporting of animal bones.
While the popular park punts itself as a wildlife sanctuary and allows tourists to pet the lions for a price, Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Dedeat) MEC Sakhumzi Somyo has confirmed that:
The park has sent 22 lions to Cradock hunting reserve Tam Safaris since 2008, three of them this year; and
Two tigers have been sent from the park to South Africa’s leading bone exporter, Letsatsi la Africa, in the Free State since 2008, and nine lions were sent last year.
Somyo was responding last week to a series of questions raised by the DA’s chief whip in Bhisho, Bobby Stevenson, regarding the transport of lions and tigers in and around the country.
This comes after the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality refused to give the Seaview Predator Park a rates rebate earlier this year, saying it
Rescued frogs released in to the wild
One of the world’s rarest frogs, bred as part of an international project to save the species from extinction, has been successfully returned to its Caribbean home ahead of the global day to highlight the plight of their species.
Fifty one Critically Endangered mountain chicken frogs, native only to the islands of Montserrat and Dominica, were released back onto Montserrat this summer following a hugely successful breeding programme at ZSL London Zoo.
The Mountain Chicken Recovery Programme is a partnership between Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Zoological Society of London, North of England Zoological Society Chester Zoo, Nordens Ark and the Governments of Montserrat and Dominica.
Decimated by the spread of the Chytrid fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, and facing the very real threat of extinction, conservationists feared that the mountain chicken frog had been all but wiped out from the eastern-Caribbean island and are hailing the reintroduction as a huge step forwards for the amphibians.
One of the planet’s largest frog species, the release of mountain chicken frogs on to Montserrat aims to not only boost the number of healthy individuals in the wild but will help conservationists from the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and Zoological Society of London (ZSL) learn more about their wild behaviour and the disease dynamics for this species.
Fitted with tracking devices, the newly-released frogs are being monitored to gather further information that can be used to aid future conservation efforts.
In 2009 it was reported by conservationists from ZSL and Durrell that the wild population of mountain chicken frogs in Montserrat had severely declined due to disease, and urgent action was taken to safeguard t
Zoo clueless as macaque dies, carcass rots for 3 weeks
Zoo officials have found a badly decomposed carcass of a stump-tailed macaque in its enclosure recently after its keepers gave contradictory reports of whether the monkey was seen or not. The carcass may be about 20 days old as the bones were showing.
National Zoological Park authorities have suspended two zookeepers who are in charge of the enclosure for neglecting the animal and not giving correct report on the status of animals. They won't be allowed to work in enclosures anymore and will be given other work not related to the upkeep of animals.
Officials said the zookeepers reported that the macaque was not seen on August 19 morning; but later claimed they had seen him around 3.30pm. On August 20 and 21, they gave out confusing reports to the authorities who suspected something might have gone wrong. On August 22, the authorities sent other staff members and found the decomposed carcass.
"The two zookeepers have been negligent in their duties. They did not give us the correct report. The doctor who conducted the post mortem said the animal may have died weeks ago," said Riaz Khan, curator (education), Delhi zoo. The job o
Al Ain Zoo Hosts the first Arabian Population Management Plan Workshop for the Arabian Sand Cat
Al Ain Zoo has recently initiated and hosted the Arabian Population Management Plan Workshop (APMP), a two-day event focused on continuing the drive to conserve the Arabian sand cat.
The workshop, which took place from the 10th - 11th September, was attended by representatives from the UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, France and the UK in addition to Dr. David Mallon from the International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission (IUCN).
Commenting on the initiative, H.E. Ghanim Mubarak Al Hajeri, said:
“We are proud to collaborate with The Arabian Zoo and Aquarium Association to host the first Arabian Population Management Plan Workshop for the Arabian Sand cat, and we are confident that this will form the basis to perform APMP’s for other species in the future.”
“We strongly believe that our cooperation with our regional and international partners will showcase great res
Elephant apparently crushes caretaker to death in Maine
A veterinarian with a passion for elephants died Tuesday, apparently crushed to death in "a tragic accident" by one of the giant mammals he spent his life caring for, authorities said.
Dr. Jim Laurita was the full-time caregiver for two elephants on his property in Hope, Maine. His rehabilitation facility and elephant "educational destination" was dubbed "Hope Elephants."
Knox County Sheriff's deputies were called to the facility Tuesday morning after "Dr. Laurita had fallen in the corral and struck his head on the cement floor" as he tended to the elephants, according to Sheriff Donna Dennison.
The 56-year-old was dead before
Dead LION found in freezer during inspection at restaurant near to zoo
The body of a dead lion was found in a restaurant's freezer during an inspection by environmental health officers.
The animal's corpse was discovered stuffed next to food which was due to be served to unsuspecting customers.
The restaurant's owner told health inspectors the lion was donated to him by a nearby zoo to feed to his pack of dogs.
The shocking discovery has been revealed by Ian Brightmore, health protection manager at Chichester District Council in west Sussex.
But he is remaining tight-lipped about when or where he found the frozen animal.
He said: "When I was working in another area I came across a dead lion in a freezer.
"The food establishment was near a zoo and the owner kept pack hounds so it was food for them.
"Because the lion was kept in a place where food for human consumption was stored, of course we ha
‘Depressed’ tigers: Expert says Bengal big cats are mentally ill at Dubai Zoo
Endangered Bengal tigers at Dubai Zoo have become mentally ill due to the “distressing environment” they are cooped up in, a tiger expert believes.
Chris Slappendel, architect of the awareness project Tigertrail.org, believes that the big cats at the zoo are suffering from “zoochosis”.
When 7DAYS visited the zoo on two separate occasions, tigers were seen pacing about in what the Dutchman, 45, described as cramped cages.
In one enclosure at the zoo, two tigers were coo
The story of British zoos
The British public have been visiting zoos since Elizabethan times.
Driven by changing public attitudes, zoos have evolved from places simply of spectacle and scientific research to focus more on conservation and animal welfare.
Zoos Victoria releases five endangered species after successful breeding year
Five endangered species have been released back into the wild after what Zoos Victoria described as one of its most successful breeding seasons.
The organisation said its breeding program had increased the population of some of the Victoria's most endangered species by more than 10 per cent.
Assistant curator at Healesville Sanctuary Dr Melanie Lancaster said many of the animals bred in captivity had been released.
"For Zoo's Victoria that's a really big deal, and it includes Tasmanian devils for the first time," Dr Lancaster said
"We've done really well with our orange-bellied parrot and our helmeted honeyeater program, as well as our corroboree frog programs."
The breeding program also resulted in an increase in the number of mountain pygmy-possums.
Dr Lancaster said the year had been particularly fruitful because Zoos Victoria was successful both with the breeding and releasi
Bindi Irvin Might Be In A Relationship With Mum’s Personal Assistant, Luke Reavley
Bindi Irvin, wildlife warrior and daughter of popular crocodile hunter, Steve Irvin, posted a picture of herself on Instagram on Sunday, along with a caption that hinted that she was in love. This has added to the speculation that the 16-year-old youngster might be in a relationship.
Tiger Melani, rescued from Indonesian 'death zoo' in Surabaya, dies
But more than a year of specialist care was not enough to save her, and she died in her sleep last month, Tony Sumampau, chief of Indonesia's zoo association, said.
The zoo association originally wanted to put her down in September last year but they changed their minds after a protest by activists.
"But she was truly suffering. You could see it in her face ... It was pitiful," Mr Sumampau said.
There are estimated to be only several hundred Sumatran tigers lef
Stop Zoo Lates parties, Peta, RSPCA and animal charities tell London zoo
‘Wild night out’ fundraisers put animal safety and welfare at risk, campaigners warn
London zoo should shut down its late night parties because they are threatening animal welfare, say the RSPCA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and five other animal charities.
In July, the Guardian revealed that drunken visitors poured beer over a tiger, stripped off at the penguin pool and broke the glass on a snake enclosure. Sources at the zoo raised concerns over the impact on animals’ sleep and stress levels at Zoo Lates events, which draw around 6,000 partygoers on Friday nights during summer and raise £800,000 annually for the zoo.
In a letter sent to David Field, the zoological director at the Zoological Society of London, the animal charities warn: “Scientific research shows that during normal opening hours, the presence of zoo visitors can have a detrimental impact on animal welfare. Zoo Lates, which take place outside normal opening hours, while animals would normally be resting, are likely to have an even greater welfare impact, pa
‘Brew at the Zoo’ this weekend
Brew at the Zoo is a 21+ event where people can sample over 100 different types of beer from more than 50 of the region’s finest craft brewers. Both domestic and imported beers will be included, with the heaviest focus on local New England beers. The whole gamut of beers will be represented, including porters, stouts, wheats, summer beers, ITA (India Pale Ales), Belgians, lagers and pilsners.
Guests will also be able to enjoy live music from acoustic performers and a traditional oom-pah band.
There will also be animal encounters, and everyone leaves w
Zoo hosts beer, wine fundraiser for tiger enclosure
Here’s your chance to see Plumpton Park Zoo without the kids in tow.
“Brew At The Zoo” is set for 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sept. 13 at the zoo on Telegraph Road near Rising Sun. This is a 21-and-over fundraiser, featuring an all-you-can-eat buffet and an open beer and wine bar.
“We’ll have live entertainment all evening,” said Nick Lacovara, who has owned Plumpton Park Zoo since 2010 with his wife, Cheryl. Questionable Character and The Brass Tacks are on the bill to play during the event.
A silent auction will augment the fundraising efforts with a variety of prints, photos, gifts and local services available for bidding.
All the money raised is targeted for the expansion of the enclosure for the tigers, Miracle and Alexis. The Siberian tigers arrived at Plumpton Park two years ago from a facility that was shutting down in Wisconsin. The zoo also brought back a pair of hybrid timberwolves.
Tickets are still available at $40 per person, which includes food and beverages and a souvenir mug. VIP admission is $
So this is how South Africa values its rhinos?
We have grown weary of South Africa’s Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa’s weak argument that South Africa, through its Constitution, aspires to protect rhinos through a philosophy of sustainable utilisation of natural resources.
Her “strategy” ignores a host of biological, ecological and ethical values, emphasizing only the economic value of rhinos, whether they be dead or alive.
The view that putting rhino horn back into the marketplace through legal means as part of a sustainable use approach, is also wholly counter-intuitive. There is nothing sustainable about the current rhino crisis.
What’s more, even in economic terms, their arguments fall flat. Economic models purported by South African resource economists and local businessmen have been thwarted, according to analysis in peer-reviewed publications.
Learn more: Read IFAW’s report, Horn of Contention, about the economics of trade in endangered wildlife in general and on rhino horn in particular.
Then came the admission just last month that some of the rhinos would be relocated to private reserves. While on the surface it might seem like an honest and plausible approach to move rhinos from Kruger to places of “safety,” South African National Parks (SANParks) still has not addressed the controversy that it had signed contracts with hunting outfits in the Northern Cape Province for 260 rhinos. It is incomprehensible, unless of course you want to shoot a rhino.
Anyone watching from the outside must look at this an
Zoo can woo more visitors with aid from Oman government
In many cities around the world, zoos have become an integral part of sightseeing tours but what is probably Oman's lone zoo has a long way to go before it becomes a must-see destination for tourists.
Located in Barka, Noman Park was created out of Ahmed Al Balushi's love for animals since he was a child and is now home to over 200 kinds of animals, including a lion and a tiger.
For Al Balushi, who owns and runs the park, he was living a dream when he bought his first animal, a donkey.
With so many creatures under threat of extinction, and so little money to fund conservation efforts, some say it's time to pick who will survive.
The noise is piercing and poignant. It starts as a determined drill reminiscent of the "tut-tut" of Skippy - but delivered with a bit more chirrup - then accelerates to a pitch and pace rivalling that of a lorikeet. Then it goes quiet. That's it. The last call, made by the last Christmas Island pipistrelle bat. It lasts barely 40 seconds.
Before the Christmas Island pipistrelle left the world for good, he was recorded over three nights as he moved through the rainforest. Using ultrasonic pulses of sound to forage for food, this bat was feasting on the fly: expertly catching and consuming insects mid-air. If he was aware scientists were tracking him, he wasn't obliging them. More than 250 kilograms of equipment had been lugged to the tiny island outpost in the Indian Ocean, 1500 kilometres north-west of the Australian mainland, as part of a desperate attempt to rescue his species.
But he was having none of it. He gave the harp nets and mist nets the slip, zipping over the top, night after night. And he ignored a purpose-built 15-metre-long tunnel trap, despite it being set up in one of his favourite foraging spots, a corridor lined with thick rainforest vegetation. His calls, picked up by detectors, indicated he was active. He flitted between feeding sites and reassured researchers with frequent banter. But on the fourth night, the synchronised detectors planted on his island home met silence. Without
To Save A Species, Scientists Trick Jays With An Egg Bait-And-Switch
Portia Halbert is hiking through a quiet redwood forest in Butano State Park, an hour south of San Francisco, when she spots a blue egg on the ground — generally a very bad sign.
The blue eggs are laid by marbled murrelets, a small, endangered bird that eats out at sea and nests in the forest here. This egg was likely knocked out a tree by a bird, explains Halbert, Butano's park scientist.
But this egg is a bait and switch: It's not a murrelet egg at all, but a trick egg that Halbert made from a small chicken egg. "We paint them to look like marbled murrelet eggs," she says.
The real trick is inside the egg — and it's a rude surprise.
"We inject about .24 ccs of the chemical Carbocal" into the egg, Halbert continues. "It makes you feel ill or want to throw up."
The loss of old-growth forests along the Pacific coast have threatened the marbled murrelet. The birds nest in the forests, and lay only one egg per year.i
The loss of old-growth forests along the Pacific coast have threatened the marbled murrelet. The birds nest in the forests, and lay only one egg per year.
And that's precisely what Halbert is counting on. The tainte
Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center Tour, Phnom Pehn, Cambodia
I think it was Nicci who found out about the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, and suggested that we go there. I would like to take credit, though. I think that it’s on par with discovering fire, or inventing the wheel, or figuring out that Junior Mints should be store in the fridge. These are important developments in humanity’s history. I really want to be the one who made the whole petting-an-elephant thing possible for me and Nicci.
But getting credit is not the important part (she said to herself, unconvincingly). Nor was it petting the elephant (she said this even less convincingly. Seriously, who the fuck was she kidding?) No. The important part was that we got to support an international organization that is trying to make Southeast Asia a safer place for both animals and humans. (Yes.)
But also? I got to pet an elephant. (YES.)
In a perfect world, the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center wouldn’t exist. Nor would Wildlife Alliance – the organization behind it. They wouldn’t be necessary; animals and humans would all coexist happily. Wasps wouldn’t bite, tigers would be free to roam around without fear of poaching, and there would be rainbows EVERYWHERE.
I suspect that poop collection would be a huge problem. Or maybe not. I’m talking about a perfect world, after all.
But that’s not the world in which we live. We live on a planet where animals are hunted to extinction, are mistreated and abused and mutilated. In that reality, Wildlife Alliance exists. And I’m glad they do.
Wildlife Alliance is a wildlife and environmental conservation organization that’s based in the U.S., but it operates in Cambodia. Like an over-achieving high school stude
More authentic wildlife encounters at Singapore zoo?
A visit to the Singapore Zoo could one day mean more encounters with animals right in one's path, without any visible barriers.
Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) chairman Claire Chiang said last night that the company's reputation is based on an open-concept zoo.
"Having animals walk alongside you has become a reason why tourists come to the Night Safari. In our expansion, we will follow this open-concept philosophy," she said in Mandarin. Having a personal, first-hand experience with animals will help with our conservation message, she added.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Thursday that the zoo would be made bigger and better by as early as 2020.
Komodo dragon at S.A. zoo gets acupuncture
Bubba, a 20-year-old Komodo dragon at the San Antonio Zoo, has received acupuncture treatment for the past several weeks to treat degenerative bone disease in both knees.
Bubba, who has lived at the zoo for his entire life, recently has had difficulty moving, said Rob Coke, the zoo's senior veterinarian and vet advisor for the Komodo dragon Species Survival Plan.
To help treat Bubba, Coke said he and his team have employed acupuncture, in addition to traditional medicine, to h
Who murdered my gorillas? Kent zoo keeper who returned family of primates to African jungle sees experiment end in a bloodbath - and the prime suspect is a jealous ape
Expressing his emotions has never come easily to Damian Aspinall, but as the conservationist and casino tycoon gazes at an extraordinary sequence of photographs from his recent visit to West Africa, there is sorrow in his eyes.
Taken two months ago, when he and his eldest daughter, Tansy, 25, journeyed to the vast wildlife reserve his foundation runs in Gabon, the pictures capture the uplifting moment when a family of gorillas raised in his Howletts animal park in Kent took their first, tentative steps to freedom.
The Aspinalls had known the ten gorillas all their lives and regarded them almost as their own kin. And they watched in awe as the troop, which had been kept for months on a river island where they learned to forage for food and fend for themselves, loped across a wooden br
Edinburgh Zoo panda may no longer be pregnant
Edinburgh Zoo is concerned that the UK's only female giant panda may no longer be pregnant.
Keepers said Tian Tian had now passed her due date and hormone analysis from last week suggested that "something might be amiss".
They said there was still a remote chance the panda might give birth this year but the evidence suggested it was more likely to be "bad news."
Tian Tian was artificially inseminated in April.
Iain Valentine, director of giant pandas for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, said: "She is still displaying some of the behaviours of a pregnant panda, but the scientific data from the urine analysis of her hormones is becoming more atypical.
"There is still a chance she will give birth to a live cub as her progesterone levels have not yet returned to base."
Mr Valentine added: "I must stress
Young African elephant latest arrival at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm near Bristol
A NINE-YEAR-OLD African elephant named Janu is the latest arrival at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in Bristol.
The young bull is one of two elephants due to arrive at the zoo as part of its Elephant Eden project, which is the largest elephant habitat in northern Europe promoting welfare advances.
Janu, who has come from the Port Lympne Reserve in Kent, will now be company for female elephant Buta and marks the beginning of the establishment of the new herd at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm.
Energetic Janu is being given on loan to Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm by Port Lympne and will be followed by Kruger, the parks remaining mature bull elephant, on a permanent basis. The decision to move the elephants to Noah’s Ark was agreed by all parties with the welfare and long term future of each animal the primary focus.
Female African elephant Buta arrived at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in February from Knowsley Safari, Merseyside.
Elephant Eden is designed to offer enrichment and welfare advances for elephants already living in captivity, and is the largest of its kind.
With extensive grazing areas, sand yards, mud wallows and a state-of-the-art heated elephant barn, it offers sig
Forget tigers, look out for the ladder: Zoo keepers banned from putting food for the animals on top of 20ft polls because of health and safety
Zoo keepers have been banned from climbing ladders when putting food for their tigers on top of 20ft poles.
Putting the food on the poles allows the rare cats to climb and follow their hunting instincts, as well as entertaining thousands of visitors.
But Barrow Borough Council has decreed it is too dangerous and imposed the health and safety ruling on South Lakes Safari Zoo in Dalton, Cumbria.
It comes after a keeper was blown off her ladder this year in strong winds and suffered a broken collarbone.
The zoo said its staff, who are estimated to have fed the tigers this way about 75,000 times in the past 18 years, now wear helmets, while the ladders are strapped to the poles.
In a statement from the zoo posted on their Facebook page, it said: 'Even though the keepers now wear helmets, strap the ladders to the poles firmly and have permanent foot fixing points for the ladders, Barrow Borough Council wishes to stop us from feeding in this way as they claim it to be too dangerous for the staff.'
It added that the ban would completely stop the ‘exciting’ feeding time practice and ‘our unique way of stimulating our cats’.
Feeding the endangered Sumatran tigers this way was ‘a scientifically proven way’ of improving their health, fitness and welfare, the zoo said.
The zoo said it had tried rope pulley systems and long poles to get the
BBC explores the therapeutic origins of a 1930s zoo
The history of zoos is eccentric, erratic; spotted with the spectacular as well as the cruel. But one of the more interesting beginnings of a zoo has to be that of Chester Zoo. And this is the story that the BBC’s latest drama, Our Zoo, is setting out to narrate. In 1930, with a family and a few animals, George Mottershead bought Oakfield Manor and some land. The zoo opened in 1931, and by the time he died in 1978, aged 84, George’s dream of a “zoo without bars” was flourishing.
The BBC’s dramatisation of his story is especially interesting because it has an incredibly human angle. A World War I veteran, it quickly becomes apparent to us that George needs just as much saving as any of the animals comes across.
In the first episode we learn that George suffers from shell shock, a hangover from World War I. This results not just from seeing traumatic events but the accompanying sense of helplessness, an utter lack of control. By 1918 the British Army had dealt with over 80,000 cases of shell shock, and this was ce
BBC accused of animal cruelty for using wild animals in new six-part series about a revolutionary zookeeper who refused to cage wildlife
Liz Tyson, of the Captive Animals' Protection Society (CAPS), told MailOnline: 'The use of wild animals in entertainment is both cruel and unnecessary.
'It is shocking that the BBC has used the public's licence fees to fund this outdated practice.'
The BBC series, which screens on September 3, follows the journey of George Mottershead who, in 1930, transformed a derelict plot of land into a sanctuary for exotic animals - which is now one of the world's most popular zoos.
He had been inspired to create a zoo 'without bars' after witnessing caged animals at a zoo in Manchester. The estate today covers a total of 500 acres, of which the zoo takes up 110.
Recreating George's journey, Our Zoo features penguins, monkeys, a camel, and bears.
However, it has emerged the animal actors were scouted from scandal-hit firm Amazing Animals, which was exposed for sending lion cubs born in the West Midlands to a Japanese performing circus.
Bisons In Sofia Zoo Were Poisoned
The two bisons that died in the Sofia Zoo this week have been poisoned, according to the Food Safety Agency, quoted by the 24 Chasa daily.
Tests to established what poisoned them are still ongoing. The leading version is some type of fungus in the fodder, with which they were fed, but the version of deliberate poisoning is not excluded.
According to the deputy chief of the Bulgarian Veterinary Association Krasimir Kamenov, quoted by the newspaper, it was somewhat likely that someone in the zoo deliberately poisoned the animals in order to discredit the long-time director of the zoo Ivan Ivanov.
Ivanov was dismissed by Sofia
Joburg Zoo investigates antelope acquisition
The antelope arrived in South Africa without the necessary clearance certificates and were later put down because they were injured, dehydrated, and traumatised.
Johannesburg Zoo’s accreditation to the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (Waza) has since been suspended.
“Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo were advised on Wednesday that our accreditation with PAAZAB (African Association of Zoos and Aquaria) has been temporarily suspended,” spokeswoman Jenny Moodley said.
“We’ve also lost our accreditation to the Waza (World Association of Zoos and Aquariums).”
City Parks advised Waza it had approached Prague Zoo to provide them with information regarding the acquisition of the antelope. However, Prague Zoo thus far had not been willing to share any documents with the Johannesburg Zoo.
The zoo has since appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to secure the information, and determine if anyone had negotiated the transaction on behalf of the Johannesburg Zoo without the necessary authority.
“PwC have been commissioned to conduct an independent audit,” Moodley said.
“Were any person found to be transgressing our internal processes, they will be handled through the disciplinary process.
Zoo expert says cobra captured in California neighbourhood has intact venom glands
A monocled cobra that roamed a California neighborhood for days could have given a potentially deadly bite, a snake expert said Friday.
"There's no indication that it's had its venom glands removed," said Ian Recchio, curator of reptiles and amphibians at the Los Angeles Zoo.
The snake, about 3 feet long, was captured on Thursday in a neighborhood in Thousand Oaks, where it had been slithering around since at least Monday.
Reports that it had bitten a dog that evening raised concerns, and authorities warned people to watch their children and keep their pets indoors.
A veterinarian later said it appeared the dog was simply injured while trying to get away from the snake.
Still, authorities were wary because the bite of a monocled cobra can kill a person within hours if untreated.
The snake was taken to the Los Angeles Zoo Thursday evening and will be transferred to the San Diego Zoo, which has a supply of antivenom for Asian cobras, Recchio said.
A monocled cobra gets its name from the ring-like mark on the back of its hood, but the cobra found in California lacked the mark because it is nearly pure white.
The blue-eyed snake lacks pigment, a condition
Anneke Moresco spent the last year doing post doctoral work at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden in the Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW). Anneke and colleagues participated in a conservation and reproduction project for the black-footed cat in South Africa. See the spotlight HERE. Photo credit Dr. Alex Sliwa (curator at the Cologne zoo)